SignWriting List
October 24, 2012

Hi Eduardo -
There is a filling of white between the two lines of the double-stemmed arrows for a reason. I spent weeks adding the white filling to each symbol in the ISWA 2010, because it makes it possible to "overlap" one arrow on top of the other, without seeing anything in-between the two lines of the double stem-line - We need the filling there to do "overlapping arrow stems"…see attached diagram:

It is also necessary when placing an arrow on top of a Facial Expression or other parts of the body, because you can read the stem line is truly on top of or in front of the other symbol, without seeing parts of the underlying symbols between the stem lines…

Of course, I can see you are having technical problems with the font itself, showing this nice white filling - that I know nothing about except that if you erase the white filling you will be losing the information we wanted to convey - sort of taking us back in time before we had the improvement ;-))

I guess it depends on it you can get the font to show the white filling or not -

Val ;-)


On Oct 24, 2012, at 8:10 AM, Eduardo Trápani wrote:

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The only problem: fontforge gets the svg
fillings wrong.  I've been trying to fix that, I will report if I succeed.

Good luck.  Can you explain how it is getting the fillings wrong?

Yes, take for example S23001.  Instead of I get this inside the font.  I checked the svg and there actually is a filling there.  Inkscape shows it alright (white), but the filesystem preview shows a grey area and fontforge, as you can see, shows a black filling.

If I edit the svg file and get rid of the white fillings (see diff at the bottom[1]) then it works more or less as expected, for some reason the shape is a bit distorted, but still readable: .  Is there a reason for those white fillings?  I mean, would it be ok to remove them all?


[1] The unified diff for the working S23001 (I just removed two lines):
--- s23001.svg.orig    2011-09-19 12:00:39.000000000 -0300
+++ s23001.svg    2012-10-24 13:00:58.000000000 -0200
@@ -12,11 +12,9 @@
   <path id="path2818" d="m 7.5,0 -7,7 14,0 -7,-7 z" fill="#000000" />
   <path id="path2831" d="M 4,7 6,7 6,14 4,14 4,7 z" fill="#000000" />
   <path id="path2833" d="m 9,7 2,0 0,7 -2,0 0,-7 z" fill="#000000" />
-  <path id="rect2821" d="M 6,7 6,14 9,14 9,7 6,7 z" fill="#ffffff" />
   <path id="path2897" d="m 19.5,0 -7,7 14,0 -7,-7 z" fill="#000000" />
   <path id="path2899" d="m 16,7 2,0 0,7 -2,0 0,-7 z" fill="#000000" />
   <path id="path2901" d="m 21,7 2,0 0,7 -2,0 0,-7 z" fill="#000000" />
-  <path id="path2903" d="m 18,7 0,7 3,0 0,-7 -3,0 z" fill="#ffffff" />
   <path id="rect2926" d="M 0 16 L 0 18 L 27 18 L 27 16 L 0 16 z " fill="#000000" />